A word of caution for the die-hard Kick-Ass fans...I never read the graphic novel. Have nothing against them, cross my heart, just haven't found time to pick it up and read it...so if the ending is different, which I have been told it is...and you're tied to strict adherence to the book, well that's your issue, not mine.
Here's the thing, I love how this plays out...like a John Hughes film meshed with Marvel Comics...(or DC, or Dark Horse, or whatever your flavour du jour is). You have this geeky kid who goes unnoticed and then decides what if....just what if somebody tossed on an outfit and decided to fight crime.
He finds out it is quickly not an answer he wanted...but the path he has started down takes some twisted turns and while some of it is rather conventional, it is the presentation and over the top twists in the story that makes the conventions easier to swallow.
Now while Nic Cage as Big Daddy, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Red Mist and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass himself) are all cast perfectly...the film gets stolen by Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl (and also stole a simple enough scene in 500 Days of Summer from Joseph Gordon Levitt...so this is one helluva potential career starting out here.
Some dark action sequences with Hit Girl decimating an entire gang, an over-the-top ending and a brutal torture sequence all elevate this from the kids being superheros kind of film this would have been if it was funded by studios rather than director Matthew Vaughan having a bit of free reign with some indie money here.
Hopefully the budget of $28 million is easily compensated and we will soon see the follow up to Kick Ass in theatres...would hate to leave Red Mist up there in his penthouse biding his time for revenge for eternity.